Sanc·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sanctified p. pr. & vb. n. Sanctifying ]
1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. --Gen. ii. 3.
Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments. --Lev. viii. 30.
2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
Sanctify them through thy truth. --John xvii. 17.
3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act. --Eikon Basilike.
4. To impart or impute sacredness, venerableness, inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to.
The holy man, amazed at what he saw,
Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law. --Dryden.
Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. --Pope.
v 1: render holy by means of religious rites [syn: consecrate,
bless, hallow] [ant: desecrate]
2: make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery
purified" [syn: purify, purge]